Vol. II No. 41 - Saturday October 11 - October 17, 2003
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Panda mania reaches fever pitch in Chiang Mai

Or is it pandemonium?

Panda-mania is rampant in Chiang Mai, as everyone awaits the arrival of China’s “friendship ambassadors”. (L to R) Chiang Mai MP Boonsong Teriyapirom, Mayor Boonlert Buranuprakorn, Chiang Mai Zoo Director Thanong Nathiphitak and Governor Suwat Tantipat are more than ready to welcome the panda-duo. In fact, Governor Suwat hinted that this is, “The greatest event that has ever taken place in Chiang Mai.”

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NEWS

More orange orchard problems



FEATURES
SPORT

Mississippi Blues Night with CoCo York and the Mike Del Ferro Trio

American Voices, an independent non-profit American NGO, presented an exceptional concert of jazz and blues at the Grand Nanta Ballroom in the Westin Hotel, Chiang Mai.

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International Schools Compete In Volleyball Tournament

Volleyball was on everyone’s mind this week, as Chiang Mai International School hosted the Chiang Mai Athletic Conference (CMAC) volleyball tournament for the international high schools in the Chiang Mai area. Athletic Director Larry Cutherell organized the event, in cooperation with coaches and athletic directors from all schools.

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BUSINESS
TRAVEL & TOURISM
Baht volatility worries labor-intensive exporters

The government should attempt to closely supervise the baht to curb its volatility; otherwise the export of labor-intensive products, including textiles, would be adversely affected, according to an industry executive.

Suchart Chandranakaraj, President of the Association of Thai Garment Industry, said that the textile export grew around 8-9% in the first seven months of this year and that it was projected that the export of the product would enjoy 6-7% growth for the whole year since the global economic direction had improved. He added that the competitiveness of exporters had been enhanced since the government began assisting them in seeking new export destinations.

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‘Dressed like gods’ - the cultural event of the year

From October 19 until 22 December 22, ‘Dressed like gods’, a major Mexican archaeological exhibition will be held at the National Museum, Bangkok. This unique event will be one of the major cultural events during APEC and of Thailand in 2003. It will be the first opportunity that Thais have ever had to see artifacts from one of the world’s great cultures.

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